MSc Dental Public Health

340 £10,000 bursaries available for Masters study at UCL. Find out more...

UCL has been awarded around 340 bursaries of £10,000 each as part of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)'s 2015 Postgraduate Support Scheme

The aim of this scheme is to encourage students from under-represented groups to embark on a postgraduate qualification and is funded jointly by HEFCE and UCL.

This is a one-off opportunity for UK/EU students graduating in summer 2015, having been charged the higher rate of tuition fees starting in 2012/13, and applying to study a postgraduate taught programme starting in September 2015. 

The scheme covers all full taught Master's programmes offered at UCL – you can find a list of taught programmes on the Graduate Prospectus website.

To be eligible to apply for an award, candidates must meet all the eligibility criteria and apply by the deadline of 29 March 2015. A full list of eligibility criteria, as well as application materials and more information, can be found on the UCL Scholarships and Funding website.

Dental Public Health Taught Programmes
MSc in Dental Public Health
The MSc in Dental Public Health (DPH) is a one year full-time, or two year part-time programme, beginning in September each year, which has been running since 1976. The DPH Master's at UCL has an international reputation and over 200 students from all over the world have successfully completed the programme. Based in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health the programme provides a challenging and innovative course of study. A particular strength is the focus on exploring the application of public health philosophy to dental public health issues. The programme aims to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the principles of dental public health and its application in the prevention and treatment of oral diseases.

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The aims of the Master's course in Dental Public Health are to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the principles of dental public health and its application in the prevention and treatment of oral diseases.

The specific course objectives are to enable students to:

  1. understand the underlying philosophy of public health and dental public health
  2. apply the key principles of the Primary Health Care Approach
  3. apply the theory and practice of epidemiology, statistics and social sciences to dental public health
  4. understand the principles and practice of planning and evaluating oral health promotion interventions and dental health care systems

Students following the MSc programme will complete a dissertation that develops research skills and competencies in quantitative and qualitative research methods.

The MSc programme has been designed as a modular course over 3 terms

MSc Dental Public Health: Term One

 Course content
Module 1: Philosophy and Principles of Dental Public Health
Module 2: Basic Statistics and Medical Sciences
Module 3: Oral Epidemiology

MSc Dental Public Health: Term Two

 Course content
Module 4: Regression Modelling
Module 5: Research Methods in Dental Public Health 
Module 6: Principles and Practice of Oral Health Promotion

 MSc Dental Public Health: Term Three

 Course content
Module 7: Evidence-Based Dental Practice
Module 8: Principles of Planning
Module 9: Dissertation

The MSc degree (180 credits) is calculated as follows:

  • 120 Credits ( For 8 taught modules): Course work assessment including multiple-choice questions and open questions, essays, presentations, data analysis etc.
  • 60 Credits: Dissertation

Formal appraisal of teaching quality is carried out by colleagues, external assessors and anonymous student evaluation.

Courses are taught in a mixture of small seminars, larger lectures, supervised practical work and in computer based cluster rooms.  Specialist sessions and expert statistical assistance will also be provided.

All students and staff are encouraged to attend and participate in the department's lunchtime seminars and other research groups meetings.

Teaching Staff
Programme Director - Professor Richard Watt
Programme Administrator - Louise Gregory
UCL Staff
Professor Aubrey Sheiham
Professor Martin Hobdell
Dr George Tsakos
Dr Anja Heilmann (nee Scheiwe)
Ms Huda Yusuf
Mr Patrick Rouxel
External Staff
Dr Paul Batchelor (Honorary Lecturer UCL)
Dr Paul Brocklehurst (University of Manchester)
Dr Blanaid Daly (King's College London)
Dr Helen Crawley (First Steps Nutrition)
Sue Gregory (Deputy Chief Dentist, Department of Health)
Professor Ian Needleman (Eastman Dental Institute)
Professor Tim Newton (King's College London)
Jenny Oliver (Berkshire East & Buckinghamshire PCT)
Professor Elizabeth Treasure (Cardiff University)
Professor Saman Warnakulasuriya (King's College London)

A dental degree or dental therapy/hygiene degree from a recognised university and relevant experience in dental public health or community dentistry.

For overseas students: TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with normally a minimum score of 580 in the paper test or 237 in the computer-based testing system; or IELTS (British Council's International English Language Testing System) with normally a minimum score of 6.; or CPE (Cambridge of Proficiency in English) with a minimum grade of C.

General enquiries regarding admission should be addressed to:

Louise Gregory (

Dental Public Health Group
Dept of Epidemiology and Public Health
UCL, 1-19 Torrington Place
London WC1E 6BT

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7679 1950; Fax: +44 (0) 20 3108 3354

Full information on how to apply is on UCL's main website

All fees quoted are for the session 2012-2013 and relate to the whole session. Fees for subsequent years are subject to increase. UK/EU: Full-time £7,750, Overseas: Full-time £20,000. Part-time fees information available on request. Full details of programme fees and funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Resource Site for Students.


Professor Sir Michael Marmot, Director of the International
Institute of Society and Health and MRC Research Professor
in Epidemiology

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